There's no question that non-dairy milks, ie. plant-based or "alternative" milks, are up on the rise! Whether it be for dietary requirements, health properties, ethical reasons and/or taste preference, alternative options to dairy milk are becoming increasingly more and more popular in both homes as well as cafes.
Non-dairy milks certainly bring a particular difference to your coffee experience, in both taste as well as texture. For those who have trouble in knowing what's what, or who simply need help in the decision to make the switch, our great friends at Sacred Grounds have conducted an in-house test using three different alternative milk options with their delicious organic coffee!
The Sacred Grounds team selected three of the most popular non-dairy milks in the market to assess:
- Pure Harvest Organic Soy Milk - Unsweetened
- Pure Harvest Organic Almond Milk - Unsweetened
- Pure Harvest Organic Coco Quench (Coconut Milk)
...their results are below...
Slightly sweet and nutty
Soy is a great option for those wishing to avoid dairy and nuts, it also contains protein levels that are almost on par with regular milk. The Pureharvest Soy Milk is organic with no added sugars, pesticides or preservatives and is gluten-free.
Using with Coffee
Steaming soy milk can be hard but not impossible. It's the most commonly served alternative milk in Australian cafes, so if your local barista can master soy, so can you!
Before use, always make sure to shake bottle well.
When steaming the milk, place the steam arm off centre and with the nozzle just below the surface so that you hear a slurping noise. If you hear a loud pitched scream then your nozzle isn't getting enough air. It’s important to hold this position firmly while frothing the milk. This will help achieve a thick creamy texture.
Be careful not to overheat the milk as it will cause the soy milk to separate. Bang the jug on the counter a few times after frothing to help flatten out any bubbles.
Slightly sweet, nutty
Almonds naturally contain vitamin E & B, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, copper, zinc, and healthy fats. Like soy, the Pureharvest Almond Milk is organic with no added sugars, pesticides or preservatives and is gluten-free. This one in particular is made from activated almonds.
Using with Coffee
Almond milk is quickly rising in popularity throughout the coffee world as an alternative to soy. Out of the three milks, we found that this almond milk textured the most similarly to milk; meaning that we were able to get some good latte art to form.
Before use, always make sure to shake bottle well. Similarly to soy milk, you have to be careful not to overheat Almond milk as it can separate. Bang the jug on the counter a few times after frothing to help flatten out any bubbles.
Subtle coconut flavour, rich, slightly sweet and creamy
Coco Quench is made from a delicious balance of organic coconut milk and rice milk. Coconut milk is high in lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid that is easily absorbed and used by the body for energy. The fats from coconut milk complement the sweetness of rice milk, while the complex carbohydrates in brown rice reduce the richness and high saturated fat that is typical of pure coconut milk. The Pureharvest Coco Quench, is organic and is gluten, cholesterol and lactose-free.
Using with Coffee
While coconut milk is the least commonly found alternative milk in your local café, that doesn't make this any less favourable. In fact, out of the three milks, we found the coconut milk to be the creamiest.
Before use, always make sure to shake bottle well. When steaming, try to get as much air as you can in first 5 - 15 seconds. This will help to froth up the coconut milk to get a thick creamy texture. Pound the jug on the counter after frothing to flatten out any bubbles.
All 3 Pure Harvest milks + more are available to purchase online here >>
A special thanks goes to Sacred Grounds for this blog post! Visit their website here: http://sacredgroundsorganic.com/